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Calling all LLBean Katahdin Iron Works Boots owners

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jmillz15, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. 7_rocket

    7_rocket Senior member

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    Your leather looks almost suede like. I haven't brought out my katahdin's yet, only in the dead of winter which will be most likely mid to end december. But you're giving me some ideas good man
     
  2. scrwl

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    Yeah the leather has a cool "nappy" surface. Out of the box they were heavily (and as they were seconds a bit uneavenly) waxed but I gave em a good brushing with a stiff brush and that's the outcome. I quess that didn't help with water/snow/slush resistance but i'm gonna try some nano sprays and such leather protectors on these.
     
  3. scrwl

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    Todays condition of my older pair. I SnoSealed em a year ago and cleaned them few monts ago. Treated with Saphir Renovateur and a bit of Kiwi on the cap toe. No sign of the suede like features after conditioning.
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  4. scrwl

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    Sorry for flooding the thread but got the boots back from the cobbler.

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  5. captainfalcon

    captainfalcon Senior member

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    Is the sizing for these the same as Chippewa boots? I have a pair of these in size 8
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    And I normally wear a size 9 in Nikes/sneakers.

    I'm planning on getting a pair of the plain-toe cordovan Katahdins but I'm not sure how to size it.
     
  6. SnakeDoctor

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    They're just Chipps with an LL Bean tag on the inside of the tongue. I wear a 10 in sneakers and both my Katahdins and RW's are 9D.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  7. jeep364

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    What do you guys use to polish? I got a pair of the plain toe cordovan color recently and have been wearing them regularly. Figure the toe box could use a little shine, I like the fade of the cordovan from the factory. A little neutral kiwi paste? I've only really used parade gloss on my jump boots and leather conditioner on everything else I own for the most part so kind of a noob at this. Will the kiwi neutral paste hold up? Or do I need to use melatonian cream?


    I understand the cream doesn't get any gloss at all and these boots aren't made for a dress shoe style shine but I am seeing some real good looking pictures in this thread. At the same time, I know I don't want that parade gloss type look with all that silicone and cracking that comes with that.
     
  8. seer

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    If you don't mind spending a few bucks I suggest Saphir Renovateur, there is nothing better for luster and to bring out the character of the leather. https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-renovateur.html
     
  9. jeep364

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    Everybody mentions that on here and other places. Didn't realize it brought out a luster as well. I have a pair of scuffed up ae long branch boots that I've literally done nothing to besides a little leather conditioner here and there. I don't care much about adding actual polish, it seems the saphir will both act as a light gloss and conditioner as well?

    Any tips on application? Rub it on with a soft cotton rag, then wait to dry before buffing? Need to use any moisture when buffing?
     
  10. jeep364

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    I take 8 or 8.5 in running shoes in wide width. Wear 7.5E in Asolo hiking boots. 7E in the cordovan katahdins fit perfect.
     
  11. seer

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    Yes Saphir will do the trick on your Long Branch - light gloss and conditioning. Personally I just use my fingers to rub it in, then let it dry, usually an hour or so, then buff. No extra moisture needed.
     
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  12. bz18

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    What a great thread dating back so far. I've never bought "expensive" boots but I cam across these and immersed myself in research. I narrowed my choice to the red wing iron ranger, llbean and Thursday boots indy rip off. I found that the iron ranger is clunky and has a smooth leather sole (I have a local annapolis store) The thursday boot gets very mixed reviews and the llbean boot is very much a work boot...but I can pull it off working sales for a construction company. My vote is this boot for cost and the famous llbean warranty. The vibram sole provides better non slip grip. The boot took a couple weeks to break in and is actually a 1/2 size off than my sneakers. Go with this boot and wear the hell out of it. Spend 340 bucks on something you will keep fancy. Not a boot.
     
  13. shade

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    Mine are still going strong and getting more comfortable with age.
     
  14. scrwl

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    Bumping the thread.
    These bad boys are turning 9 years next month.
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    more pics
     
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  15. otc

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    What treatments have you done? They look great.
     
  16. scrwl

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    I bought those used and they looked kinda beaten and blotchy. Revived with some no-name leather grease and darkened them considerably. For the next year I beat them to hell and back a couple times and treated with SnoSeal. At that point they had a nice layer of gunk and grease on them and looked like they were black.
    Got tired of the lifeless dark leather and scraped most of the shit off with a dry rag and some cleaner/conditioner, might have been woly or some other Finnish bramd. They lightened considerably and I was happy for a while.

    Last august I decided to wash them dish soap inspired by this video. Instead of Obenauf's I treated them with a light coat of Saphir Renovateur. For the first time they looked clean. The dish soap got almost all the crap off the leather but left the leather really dry. The Saphir revived the leather and left it nice and light. I had gotten used to sheen on cap toe so I brought out the old no-name grease and that with damp rag brought a nice contrast and sheen. Since that they've been my go to boots for when I go see some live bands. They've gone through litres of beer and imagineable shit during punk/metal shows but that has cleaned off quite well.

    I do not recommend any of that haha. Ok, maybe the Saphir Renovateur.
     
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  17. BeedLam

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    Hi guys,

    Could anyone tell me if the Katahdin runs wider than the Chippewa utility 1901M29. I have a pair of Katahdin's in a 9.5EE and they're wide on me with enough space to move my foot side to side a little, toes are also flopping about in them.

    Then I have a pair of the 1901M29 in a 9.5D and they're to narrow, though mostly its accross my instep. They'd be fine if i didn't have to wear authotics. I am wearing them and they have eased off a litle but its pretty brutal and i know they don't fit me, i'm just hoping they'll give as i really like them.

    Also have a pair of Waterproof Katahdins in a 10D and they fit pretty well with a little tightness across the instep but with their lining i figured they could be a different fit and didn't want to use them as a guide.

    I wanted to use the Katahdins for general wear and keep the 1901M29's for dress ups.so my question is do i get a Katahdin in a 10D or would the 9.5D work.. do katadins have more space than 1901M29's and other chippewa boots?

    Ordering from the the other side of the world so returns and try outs are a non starter.

    Thanks guys hope that's follow-able for you.
     
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  18. scrwl

    scrwl Senior member

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    After a year of light wear.

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  19. 7_rocket

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  20. shade

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    Cool look with the wedge sole. :slayer:
     

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